Mus­cle News

Australian Muscle Car - - Contents - Un­for­tu­nately, Tour­ing Car Masters has with­drawn from the meet­ing. How­ever, many of the TCM’s star driv­ers will still be com­pet­ing in other cat­e­gories.

What bet­ter way to mark Oc­to­ber 7, 2016’s pass­ing of Ford’s Aus­tralian man­u­fac­tur­ing than to shine the spot­light on some great ser­vants and un­sung he­roes of the Blue Oval’s re­cent his­tory.

Le­gends and stars aplenty

The

list of con­firmed greats for Sun­day Oc­to­ber 30 is long and dis­tin­guished: Rauno Al­to­nen, Trevor Ashby, Kevin Bartlett, Colin Bond, John Bowe, Gary Cooke, Mur­ray Carter, John French, Fred Gib­son, John Goss, Al­lan Grice, Bob Holden, John Lef­fler, Spencer Martin, Al­lan Mof­fat, James Mof­fat, John McCor­mack, Scott McLaugh­lin, Char­lie O’Brien, Steve Reed, Jim Richards, Garry Rogers, Barry Se­ton, Glenn Se­ton, John Smith, Bob Wat­son. More stars to be con­firmed.

Cel­ica Sports Sedan

The

field for the in­au­gu­ral Sports Rac­ing Car In­vi­ta­tional is com­ing to­gether nicely (see p10 for a list of star cars) and the lat­est stun­ner con­firmed for these high-speed demon­stra­tion ses­sions is Bruce Gowan’s newly re­stored Repco V8-pow­ered Toy­ota Cel­ica Sports Sedan. The car’s cre­ator, John McCor­mack, will be on hand at Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park to chat about this unique beast and the Jaguar XJS Sports Sedan of Mark Trenoweth, which will also hit the track in the SRCI ses­sions.

TA2 & FT5000

Else­where

in this is­sue you can read about the launch of Amer­ica’s Trans-Am TA2 for­mula in Aus­tralia. Three ex­am­ples – a Ford Mus­tang, Dodge Chal­lenger and Chev Ca­maro – will turn demon­stra­tion laps at the Masters for the class’s Syd­ney de­but. Mean­time, we have all fin­gers crossed that the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated first pub­lic ap­pear­ance of the pro­to­type FT5000 will oc­cur at SMP on Oc­to­ber 30. As AMC closed for press the 560bhp V8 open­wheeler was due to be fired up for the first time, ahead of ini­tial test­ing. All go­ing well, the pro­to­type will hit the track to wow pun­ters at the Masters!

En­try forms now on­line

En­try

forms for race cat­e­gories and road car dis­plays (Pit Straight Car Club Cor­ral and the Fea­tured Mus­cle Mar­ques dis­play/pa­rade) are now avail­able on­line at Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park’s ‘com­peti­tor por­tal’. Visit mus­cle­car­mas­ters.com.au for a di­rect link to the en­try forms and fact sheets for the dis­plays. With the 2016 Masters held in the same month Ford wraps up man­u­fac­tur­ing in Aus­tralia, we’re ex­pect­ing a big con­tin­gent of fast Ford own­ers to show off their cars. Ditto own­ers of Brock Com­modores and Aus­tralian-built Mini Cooper Ss.

John Goss XC

AMC

#87’s cover car, the ex-John Goss XC Fal­con, will make its Masters race de­but in the Her­itage Tour­ing Car events. It was re­stored to its 1978 Hardie-Ferodo 1000 colours over the past year for owner/driver Ed Sin­gle­ton and re­built with rac­ing in the Group C class in mind.

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